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The firm announced a 14 percent drop year-over-year in fourth quarter revenues and plans to reduce personnel and other costs to support development of a precision drug it has licensed.

The Cambridge, Massachusetts-based precision medicine firm hopes to translate molecular information into therapies for chronic kidney diseases.

The researchers identified new combinations of mutated genes and drugs that could provide the platform for future cancer therapies. 

Backed by $12 million from a recent Series A financing and a strategic partnership with Thermo Fisher Scientific, the Ann Arbor, Michigan-based firm plans to sequence the tumors of 100,000 advanced cancer patients over three years.

Cyclica will soon begin testing a commercial version of its services software this summer ahead of a full launch planned for next year.

Portable's mobile app allows patients to capture genotype, phenotype, and other data, and potentially profit from sharing it with interested third parties.

Using Luminex's FlexMap detector, the method allows quantification of cells in a mixture of up to hundreds of individual cells lines treated with drugs in vitro.

Under the terms of the agreement, Insilico Medicine will integrate unspecified data assets and the staff of Belgian bioinformatics company InSilico Screen.

TwoXar's business is based on licensing drug candidates to pharma identified using proprietary algorithms for exploring disease-compound associations.

The company will use some of the funds to set up a new research laboratory within the US to better support collaborations with pharma and biotech.

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The president of France's National Research Agency has resigned, according to Nature News.

A senator wants a "right-to-try" provision in the US Food and Drug Administration funding bill, but an ethicist says at Stat News that it would undermine the role of clinical trials.

In PNAS this week: red algae Porphyra umbicalis genome, deep neural network model for sequencing peptides, and more.

The Guardian's Barbara Ellen has tried out some DNA testing services to see whether they provide valuable information.